Eating Disorders: The Hidden Epidemic

From the Show: HER
Summary: Why are women still suffering from eating disorders later in life?
Air Date: 2/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Karen Newman, Inspirational Speaker
karen newmanKaren Newman is an inspirational speaker, world record-breaking triathlete, dietitian, author and survivor of two life-threatening diseases. Her real-life stories have been giving people hope: helping free them from the bondage of shame, secrets and addictions; inspiring them to be authentic, to dream big and risk living the life they were meant to live. Karen has been featured in numerous publications and shows, and has lectured all over the country. She has also received many awards, such as the Connecticut Sportswriter’s Association’s “Courage Award,” and American Cancer Society’s “Determination Champion” for her tireless charitable efforts.

Karen is the author of a book entitled Just Three Words – a gripping story about the challenging experiences that brought her to her knees and then to her life’s purpose, and the miracles that kept her alive and winning athletic events around the world. Her book is currently available.

Karen is an eight -time All-American triathlete and was the 2012 Silver Medalist and top American finisher at the Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, NZ; this, despite enduring over four years of cancer treatments throughout her training. She followed in 2013 as a gold medalist for the United States in both triathlon and the 5k road race at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, OH, and then repeated with golds in both events at the Huntsman World Senior Games, while breaking the world record in the women’s triathlon there.

As a triathlon coach and Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, Karen has had a long career educating and encouraging people in health and nutrition, as well as on the track. A University of Vermont alumnae, she married her college sweetheart, Peter, and together they have three amazing boys—Stetson, Chase and Trent—who inspired her to survive and thrive.
Eating Disorders: The Hidden Epidemic
Making food swaps, cutting calories, and amping up your workout regimen make sense when you're trying to change your body.

The problem occurs when it becomes obsessive.

An eating disorder is a serious illness that causes extreme changes in your eating behavior and how you perceive food in general.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, it's estimated that eating disorders affect over 11 million people in the United States.

Eating disorders don't seem to be talked about as much, but there is still a major hidden epidemic among men and women who suffer in silence.

Listen in as Karen Newman, triathlete and motivational speaker, joins Dr. Pam Peeke to discuss eating disorders and how to help stop the epidemic.